Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: English Strong Ale
Middleton, England


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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Cask; Regular. Previously 7.5%.
There’s a story about some farm labourers who thought that the reflection of the moon in a pond, not far from our brewery, was a lovely truckle of Lancashire cheese. They tried to rake it out, but ended up falling in. You might find a pint of this stuff just as mesmerising.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (6758) - Bracknell, Berkshire, - NOV 15, 2012
Cask at the Claude du Vall (JDW), Camberley. Deep chocolate brown with a cherry red glow and a tight tan head; sour fruity aroma; thick and syrupy in the mouth, with rich nutty malts and some sour fruit and milk chocolate; the finish is dry and woody, with soem caramel that just masks the alcohol.

Sigmund (8010) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2017
Cask pint at The William Webb Ellis, Twickenham. Dark ruby colour. Malty aroma and flavour, also notes of plums and dark dried fruits. Fairly rich mouthfeel, a decent strong ale. The alcohol is evident.

HopsDoctor83 (64) - Walsall, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2017 On Cask @ Bloxwich Showman dark ruby ale good creamy head. Spicy port notes strong thick rich and warming nice after taste.

Parmenion777 (380) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2017 Pours a ruby brown colour with a small lasting beige head. The aroma is malty bread, plum and dark fruit. A fruity malty taste, burnt toast, plum and dark fruit with a chewy bitterness in the finish.

mr_h (6059) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2017
Cask (6.5%), quarterly ale, 1/2 pint by hand-pump at Sir John Moore, Glasgow on 16 Sep 2017; rich malty aroma, deep chestnut brown with a ruby tint, foamy beige head and irregular pattern of lacing, toffee, fruity, sherry-like flavour, creamy, satisfying.

Towey1989 (3426) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2017
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A deep ruby brown colour with a thin off white head. Aroma of plum, raisin, some blackberry, slight chocolate, biscuity malts, a little caramel and subtle spicy hops. Taste of plum, raisin and other dark fruits, slight biscuity malts, caramel, a little nuttiness and subtle spicy hops. Medium bodied, flat carbonation and a slick texture. A sweetish, slightly sticky, spicy fruit finish. A slick and malty strong ale with a ton of spicy fruit, nice flavour. The only thing that lets it down is the flat and slightly sickly texture.

theprof (1364) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2017
Cask. Aroma plumy and malty. Pours dark brown with tan foam top. Taste medium bitter with a jammy character. Palate is predictably sticky. A palatable dark ale but lacking in complexity.

john44 (3454) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2017
Cask Half Pint – JDW Fest Autumn 2012 - Reddish / Dark Brown in colour. Malty; lightly roasted malts, caramel, hint of chocolate. Fruity; dried fruits, raisins. Hoppy; negligible hop bitterness. Sweet malty fruity throughout. Drinkable. (2012-11-03)

Luvystypotables (2099) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2016
An interesting aroma plums, and malt pours a dark reddish brown color with no head. Watery body, and a taste of plums and raisins with a nutty malt finish.

djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2016
On tap at The Hay Merchant. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is bready malt and dark fruit. Medium mouth, fruity malt, yeast, biscuit, light finish, good.

Garrold (5814) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2016
Cask. King’s Head, Huddersfield. Clear, dark copper colour. Dense, lasting for ever, off white head. Aroma of booze soaked dried fruit. Notes of chocolate and spice, along the lines of cinammon, maybe. Taste is mostly sweet. Some vinous bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel. Very little carbonation on this one. Fruity, soft bittersweet finish. Decent. A bit more fizz, and I’d have liked this a lot, I reckon.

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